Thursday, 3 May 2018

F***ing Awesome

A recent (exceptionally brilliant) interview I did with (the exceptionally brilliant) Maria Haskins opens with the line, "Australian musician Graham Greene is a veteran of the music business,...". When I first read that, it stirred a moment of mixed feelings. But just for a moment, because then I thought: "You know, I started out in this music industry as a kid who knew nothing, and I made it through long and far enough to be called a veteran, and that's fucking awesome." 🙂

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Rage of the Innocents - Pt.2

Part two of my Rage of the Innocents interview, where I go into guitars and stuff.


Saturday, 21 April 2018

Rage of the Innocents - Pt.1

Rage of the Innocents is my new album, which sees me following on from The Guitar Vinci Code with my musical direction. Below is part one of a brace of interview videos dealing with the making of the album. Please enjoy.

After the Album...

I have a new album, which comes after an intense year. Blogs to come, but I will leave you with this.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Guitar Vinci Amp Rig

Reflecting the pared-down approach to my recording guitars on the new EP, I used a basic but versatile amp rig for the tracking of The Guitar Vinci Code. Apart from one clean chord part recorded with a plugin, I used a Mesa/Boogie RectoVerb25 head and CabClone interface exclusively for all electric guitar tracks.
The RectoVerb25 is an amazing piece of equipment - a two-channel amp with two preamp settings and separate reverb on each channel, plus an effects loop. The amp's 25w power rating is deceptive, as I found out when playing a live auditorium show some time prior to recording, and while it is the baby of the Rectifier family, it's certainly not the runt of the litter.

The Mesa/Boogie CabClone is a simple and effective speaker simulator/interface that has some very useful cabinet settings to compliment the amp, and I pretty much left it set on open-back for all the sessions. From saturated rhythms and solos to clean sounds that could shimmer or grind, I found the match of Mesa/Boogie and Ormsby to be one made in tone heaven. Between the amp and the guitar pickups I found every tone that I needed for every track, with minimal tweaking and processing. For such a minimalist recording rig, I was beyond impressed.

I'm looking forward to finding more sounds from this rig as I get back in to the studio to see what awaits - I'll be sure to keep you updated!

Mesa/Boogie RectoVerb25 and CabClone

Friday, 17 March 2017

Guitar Vinci Guitars #6

Track 6: Trail Of Dreams

Trail Of Dreams, the album closer, was also the last piece to be written and recorded, and is a play in three acts. The main guitar used was my trusty GG6, there being some acoustic (Taylor 412CE) in the first two sections. The chords and arrangement for the first section was originally written as part of an earlier effort that went nowhere, so I started there with a fresh approach and everything took off from there. I say took off, because the second section followed in a creative rush, and as I was completing that, ideas were forming for the main body and grand finale. The thread of the tune fell in to place seamlessly, and as the melodies and orchestration came together I knew I was doing something good. I was almost disappointed when the track was finished and I had no more to add.

The GG6 played beautifully on Trail Of Dreams, and I enjoyed using different pickup configurations to get the different chord and solo tones for the three separate movements. Perhaps a little bit of guitarist playing guitar/guitar playing guitarist went on, because there was some alchemy afoot. The EP felt complete once I'd finished, and the afterglow lingers as of this entry. It was good to get back to guitar basics and just work with my main axes, because I feel that it helped me to focus on what I was creating with them. I'm glad that Ormsby kid made himself known to me all those years ago.

The Ormsby Graham Greene Signature Series